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TGIF: The-Almost-July-4th, 2015 Edition

(7/3/2015)

TGIF: Snowmobile fireworks

I'm thankful that we can celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day in the same week.

I'm truly thankful for the freedom we enjoy.

I'm thankful for "Ooos" and "Ahhhs."

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 3, 2015.

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The Hunt for 1982 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

(6/29/2015)

Adam Leubner's 1982 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

The 1982 Arctic Cats "that never were" hold a very special place among certain collectors for their almost mythical status.

Adam Leubner is one such collector.

Consumed by a passion to find and bring to light these almost mythical machines, Leubner tells his tale of uncovering four such machines.

Click to read his story.

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TGIF: The June 26, 2015 Edition

(6/26/2015)

TGIF: Military Arctic Cat Wildcat

I'm thankful for the eclectic mix of riders I see during some leisurely ATV outings.

I'm thankful for the restraint these guys showed when I inquired about their custom Arctic Cat Wildcat.

I'm thankful for the precautions they take to ensure everyone's safety when riding the trails.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 26, 2015.

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Two Days Great at Arctic Cat: The June 2015 Report

(6/18/2015)

This week at Arctic Cat.

There was a WHOLE BUNCH of cool stuff happening at Arctic Cat during my two-day visit to TRF this week.

Click to see what was going on in the hometown of green.

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Kirk & Tucker Hibbert: Which Race-Winning Arctic Cat ZR is Better?

(6/15/2015)

Tucker & Kirk Hibbert sitting on their Arctic Cat race sleds. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What would happen if Kirk and Tucker Hibbert raced each other using Kirk's 1993 I-500 winning ZR 440 and Tucker's 2014 ISOC Pro Open ZR6000R SX race sled?

Who would win? And what if they switched sleds?

I don't know, but it was interesting hearing them tease each other about the possibility.

Click to read a little more.

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TGIF: The June 12, 2015 Edition

(6/12/2015)

TGIF: The ATV Mud Nationals Edition

I'm thankful for the voluntary efforts to improve off-road safety for all user groups.

I'm thankful we can teach these efforts to our children.

I'm thankful that when this country outlaws crazy behavior, only the crazies will be outlaws.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 12, 2015.

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Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat Puma 793

(6/11/2015)

Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

This stunning, restored 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma is collector Nancy Ische's pride and joy. And for good reason.

It's one of VERY few such 1970 Puma 793 models (three is the "official" production number for this model).

Click to read a little more about Arctic Cat's musclesled for 1970.

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Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

(6/9/2015)

Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

After two seasons using the Arctic Cat Hydration Pack during select rides, I'm here to tell you it's good to drink (water) and ride.

Click for more details.

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TGIF: The June 5, 2015 Edition

(6/5/2015)

Vintage Gilson minibike press photo is definately TGIF.

I'm thankful that when the snowmobile season is over or when I need a break from riding ATVs, I can hop on my trusty Gilson and head out into the jungle for a little rip.

I'm thankful for those wistful moments of self-reflection that occur at the end of a particularly challenging ride.

I'm thankful my pants match my helmet.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Pat's Helmet: Achieving "Legend" Status the Hard Way

(6/4/2015)

Pat's sweet custom snowmobile helmet, on its way to LEGEND status.

“F@#$!” exclaimed Pat, just moments after we’d pulled into the vehicle parking.

“I forgot my $@#!*& helmet at home!”...

So begins the legend of Pat's sweet helmet.

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TGIF: The May 29, 2015 Edition

(5/29/2015)

TGIF: The snowmobile-is-a-horse (and I am an ass).

I'm thankful that the days of riding bareback are long behind me.

I'm thankful for a little extra horsepower when I'm out riding fences.

I'm thankful for that special bond between a cowboy and his Ski-Daddler.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 29, 2015.

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Ryan Simons Speedwerx-Built X Games Gold-Winning Hillcrosser

(5/21/2015)

Steve (L) and Jeremy Houle of Speedwerx with the winning sled they built. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What exactly WAS the rip-snorting Arctic Cat that Ryan Simons crushed the field with to win the 2015 X Games Hillcross gold medal?

It's this Speedwerx-built, fully-custom hillcrosser with a 150-in. track and a supercharged 800 engine.

Click to see all the details.

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This Memorial Weekend: 2015 SHOF Round-Up

(5/19/2015)

SHOF Classic Sled Round-Up

Looking to get a vintage fix?

This coming Memorial weekend offers one of the great events for snowmobile enthusiasts: the Classic Sled Round-Up at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., and sponsored by Arctic Cat.

Click to read some details.

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TGIF: The May 15, 2015 Edition

(5/15/2015)

TGIF and the ATV gang is riding high.

I'm thankful we've stripped down these group ATV rides to their bare essentials.

I'm thankful that beer and water crossings are two of them.

I'm thankful these are professional riders under controlled situations, and that nobody would attempt these stunts.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 15, 2015.

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2015 Recap: Talking Racing with Team Arctic Manager Mike Kloety

(5/11/2015)

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl, Wes Selby & Mike Kloety. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

With the 2015 snowmobile race season in the record books, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety talks about the highlights, lowlights and what to expect for next year.

Click for the full interview.

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TGIF: The May 1, 2015 Edition

(5/1/2015)

TGIF: Love on a snowmobile.

I'm thankful for the quality time we've been spending together on our snow machine.

I'm thankful I ignored the advice of everyone, and went with the three-wheeled trackless beauty.

I'm thankful when you give me that look, which is much more fun than so many of your other looks.

And I'm thankful it's the first day of May in 2015.

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Talking Race History: Brian Nelson Podcast

(4/30/2015)

Former Team Arctic and Enduro Team Deere cross-country champion Brian Nelson experienced some remarkable moments during his illustrious racing career. 

Here he recounts many of them in a podcast conducted by veteran snowmobile journalists Gord Avann and Hal Armstrong. 

Nelson's memory and attention to detail is uncanny and a great listen. At nearly an hour and forty minutes, it's a long one. But definitely worth the time. 

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Rox Retro Arctic Cat El Tigre Custom

(4/28/2015)

Rox custom Arctic Cat El Tigre 6000

This past summer-Fall, Chris Olin and the gang at Rox Speed FX in Grand Rapids, Minn., built another one of their stunning custom sleds: a retro El Tigre-themed 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000.

Like all Rox customs, this sweetheart combines creativity, coolness and key attention to detail.

Click for a modern blast from the past.

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TGIF: The April 24, 2015 Edition

(4/24/2015)

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful for the freedom I feel when I hit the open road, er, trail.

I'm thankful for extra stability and confidence I feel on the trike set-up.

I'm thankful the stand-up style of riding won't become popular for another 25 years.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 24, 2015.

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The Chase: A Day in the Life of an Arctic Cat Collector Tom Ische

(4/21/2015)

Vintage Arctic Cat snowmobile collector. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

With more than 50 rare and historic Arctic Cat snowmobiles in his collection, Tom Ische epitomizes the passion and expertise required to amass such treasure.

He is a master of the chase.

Last week I spent a day with him combing the Thief River Falls area of vintage parts, during which he procured seats, suspensions, engines, hoods and information. We even walked around a dump (supposedly) containing some of Arctic Cat's most historic machines.

Click for rare glimpse into the world of snowmobile collecting.

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